Mock Orange Snowbelle is a deciduous flowering shrub known for its intensely fragrant, large white blooms. The contrast of snow-white flowers against the dark green foliage make it a lovely addition to your landscape. We recommend planting it near your home in a window box or on your patio so you can enjoy the delightful fragrance all spring and summer long.
Mock Orange Snowbelle (Philadelphus 'Snowbelle') is a flowering shrub with fragrant double white blooms and lovely green foliage. It blooms in late spring and early summer and the intense citrus fragrance wafts through the air and attracts butterflies and pollinators, making your yard the hit of the neighborhood. Mock Orange Snowbelle is cold hardy with a compact growing habit so it is an excellent choice for container plantings, patios, hedges, and lining sidewalks.
3 to 4 Feet
3 to 4 Feet
Full sun to part sun
Upright, rounded shape
Green in the spring turning yellow in the fall
Evenly moist, well-drained soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting
How to Care for Mock Orange Snowbelle
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Mock Orange Snowbelle a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a number of plants in the same location.
How do I mulch Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How do I fertilize Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub?
Trees such as Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.
How do I prune Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub?
In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to trees, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified. Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned. The most important reason for pruning tree is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with a plethora of blooms. Many times, trees that have not been pruned in a few years will develop dead or degenerative twigs. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “dieback” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub or any plant for that matter. Knives, hand cutters, saws, and shears should be sharpened if necessary before pruning any plant. A sharp cut will heal quicker than a jagged cut, which will also minimize the likelihood of disease investing a cut during pruning. It is generally recommended to not use power equipment such as gas hedgers to prune Mock Orange Snowbelle. Pruning large Mock Orange Snowbelle Shrub may be minor or major. Its general purpose is to maintain or restore vigor to the plant. Large Mock Orange Snowbelle that have been severely pruned have the advantage of a large root system that has excessive capacity, and its roots are capable of supplying all of its energies to a smaller number of branches and foliage. This enables the plant to increase its vigor, and become healthier. Pruning large Mock Orange Snowbelle that are well established will enable the plant to have continued vigor, and lead to many more years of supplying beauty to the landscape.